Electives in Pokhara

Nursing Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Nursing Electives

In Nepal, it’s common for families to provide bedside care for patients. This is good news for you, as this results in a more clinically-focused placement. You’ll even have the chance to turn your attention towards niche areas like leprosy rehabilitation or neonatal intensive care. Another unique aspect of this placement is joining local nursing students on ward rounds to exchange skills and information. What’s more, you’ll spend time with experienced specialists from all over the country. They’ll teach you the ins and outs of delivering care in such a low-resource environment. Please note that we cater to all branches of nursing.

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Medical Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Medical Electives

In Pokhara, you can see communicable diseases including diphtheria, TB, and typhoid. In general medicine, you can learn from a team of consultants specialised in heart disease, GI systems, kidneys, joints, immune and endocrine disorders…. The list goes on. There is also a clinic for pulmonary and diabetic patients in which you can gain experience. Time in the OBG theatre allows you to see how local surgeons approach myomectomies, laparotomies and hysterectomies. Beyond all of the above, you can gain insight into much less familiar areas like leprosy rehabilitation, obscure skin conditions, rheumatic fever, and worm infestations.

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Midwifery Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Midwifery Electives

With increased levels of birthing complications and busy wards, there’s plenty to learn on this placement. For most midwives, delivery is only part of the job — our strong relationships with the large government hospital and a smaller private clinic give you a chance to get involved in everything from ward rounds to neonatal intensive care. The department sees an average of 30 babies born each day. Some of these births result in malpresentation, asphyxia and breech births. This means you can gain experience with problems that rarely occur in the UK, all while in a challenging low-resource setting.

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Physiotherapy Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Physiotherapy Placements

In Pokhara, you’ll undertake your physiotherapy placement in a highly specialised rehabilitation hospital. You’ll quickly learn why the hospital’s motto is “we take you back to an active life”. Their overarching aim is to educate their patients, ultimately improving their quality of life. You’ll spend time with local specialists, learning how a lack of resource impacts the quality of care they’re able to deliver. In terms of cases, you’ll see things like strokes, degenerative disorders, soft tissue injuries, neuromuscular disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, spinal cord injuries, post-amputation rehabilitation, pain management, and delayed developmental milestones.

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Medical Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Paramedic Science Electives

Flagging down a taxi is often a more efficient way to get to hospital than calling an ambulance. You’ll spend most of your time in A&E looking at cases as they come in as a result. That said, ambulances do come into their own when there are mass casualties resulting from major incidents. One of our partner hospitals even has a specialist ICU ambulance, one of the few existing in Nepal. In terms of cases, you’ll see everything from domestic injuries to paediatric typhoid.

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Radiography Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Radiography ELECTIVES

By local standards, the radiography department in our partner hospital is well-equipped. It has most of the equipment needed to provide a reasonable level of care to patients. This includes X-ray machines, CT scanners and an MRI scanner. Compared to other healthcare institutions in Nepal, the services offered by this department are offered at a much more affordable rate, meaning patients from most financial backgrounds can receive care. The number of patients tends to vary, but typically there are around 20 to 30 patients for USG and CT scans, up to 100 patients for X-rays and a handful of patients for MRI scans each day.

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Pharmacy Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Pharmacy Electives

It should come as no surprise that pharmacies in Pokhara suffer from a serious resource deficit. In spite of this, both of the dispensaries you’ll spend time in remain relatively well-stocked. They even stock certain strains of anti-venom in case of life threatening insect and snake bites. On this placement, you can help dispense medicines, shadow doctors to gain insight into patients’ medication plans, and even spend time in the hospital’s pharmacovigilance unit. This unit monitors and attempts to avert the negative effects attributed to certain drugs.

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Dentistry Electives, Nepal (Pokhara)

Dentistry Electives

Practicing dentistry in our partner hospitals in Pokhara will forever change the way you approach your discipline. In a busy dentistry department, you can observe a variety of complex procedures like fillings, root canals, scaling, RCT, brace fitting, and cleft lip and palate surgeries. The current department head happens to be a specialist maxillofacial surgeon, so you’ll be able to tap into highly specific expertise as a result.


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The Work The World House

Spending time in the Work the World house is a significant part of your experience in Pokhara, and acts as your home from home. You'll live with healthcare students from all over the world, and this gives the house a friendly social atmosphere.

The location of our house gives you the major advantage of being within walking distance of Lakeside — Pokhara’s backpacker hotspot.

Fringing the beautiful Phewa Lake you’ll find laid-back bars, live music, a diversity of restaurants, paragliding and whitewater rafting tour agencies, coffee shops, used book shops…. You name it.

The house itself has plenty of space for both socialising and spending time alone. From the roof terrace, you have unobstructed views of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains, which need to be seen to be believed.

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In-Country Team

Management team: Based in the house, they oversee your entire Work the World experience — 24/7 — from the moment you land to the moment you leaveCatering team: Cook a variety of both local cuisine and familiar home comforts, accommodating all dietary requirementsHousekeeper: Keeps the house clean and tidy from top to bottom, making sure you're comfortableLanguage teacher: Visits the house twice per-week. During their lessons, you’ll learn everyday phrases and clinical terminology to help you get more from your placementSecurity team: Monitor the house 24/7 for your peace of mind

Support in the Hospital

Our team in Pokhara will take you to see your placement hospital before you officially start. The aim is to introduce you to department staff, including your supervisors, helping you find your feet. The support you get from the in-country team doesn’t end there. They will also visit you while you’re on placement. This is to ensure your experience is continually matching your expectations.

We also assign your in-hospital supervisors before your placement starts. If you’re proactive, they’ll offer you perspective on the local healthcare system that you can get only from a local practitioner.

We cover all bases, supporting you throughout your clinical placement in both a structured and ad hoc manner.

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What's included?

  • Supervised hospital placement
  • Private catered accommodation 
  • Dedicated placement coordinator
  • 24/7 in-country team
  • Language lessons
  • Airport pickup

*Prices below are in addition to a £300 registration fee.

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£1040 £1190 £1340 £1490 £1640 £350


In addition to your main placement in Pokhara, for one week you’ll have the chance to become part of a rural village family up in the Himalayan foothills. In the mornings you’ll spend time in a health outpost treating villagers with even fewer resources than the hospitals have. The afternoons are all about getting to grips with local culture, customs and community. You’ll be accompanied by our guide and you can get involved in things like bread making, trying out traditional clothing, hiking to Hindu temples, taking part in cooking lessons, and visiting village schools.


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"There was routine use of prescription drugs to augment labour, and routine episiotomies".

Jessica Annett, Hull York Medical School 2018

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"During the month I spent in Pokhara, I made unforgettable memories with amazing students from all over the world."

Jack Gilbert, Robert Gordon University 2018

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"This trip has boosted my confidence not only within a clinical setting but also in travelling alone."

Hannah Mainprize, Northumbria University 2018

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"I hope to visit again one day, I could not recommend this placement more."

Dominic Lowe, University of Manchester 2018

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"I faced the sometimes confronting realities of healthcare in Nepal."

Elisabeth Revenich, 2018

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